HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 18th straight year


For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned the designation in each year the group has given the awards.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and work to ensure that music education accessible to all students.
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Brook Road project to assist disabled residents

A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.
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Richmond SCORE announces 2017 entrepreneurship competition


Richmond SCORE, in partnership with the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, will launch its second Business Model Canvas Competition Jan. 1.

The nonprofit volunteer mentoring organization is inviting all Richmond-area entrepreneurs and start-ups (new businesses up to one year old and that haven't won money or tangibles in a business competition in the same time frame) to apply as contestants. Nonprofits also are encouraged to apply. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 7-13


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

18 Southern Court – $70,500, 1,454 SF (built in 1977), from Paul E. Staton to A Solodar Properties LLC.
18 North Lake Avenue – $75,000, 1,049 SF (built in 1925), from Louella M. and P. R. B. Stuart Life Int. to Curtis P. Feigel.
434 Roxana Road – $102,000, 1,007 SF (built in 1974), from Welch Homes LLC to BT Properties LLC.
2502 Lauderdale Drive – $122,000, 1,072 SF (built in 1980), from Walter L. Conner, Jr. and D. H. Conner to Lauderdale Drive 23233 Land Trust.
11602 Timberly Waye – $138,000, 1,012 SF (built in 1983), from Maranda Wash to John C. and Mercedes Tarongoy.
1731 Foxfire Circle – $159,000, 1,521 SF (built in 1980), from Roger D. and Julia A. Morrow to Scott M. Kiscaden.
2924 Mary Beth Lane – $162,000, 1,376 SF (built in 1996), from Kristin L. Schmidt to Staci S. Barner. > Read more.

Malvern Hill Farm under contract


A historic Eastern Henrico farm – the site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1862 – will be preserved in its entirety, thanks to the Capital Region Land Conservancy.

The CRLC has agreed to purchase Malvern Hill Farm (which is about 875 acres in size and straddles Eastern Henrico and Charles City County) for its appraised value of $6.56 million. The sellers are by descendants of William Heighler Ferguson Sr., who originally purchased Malvern Hill Farm in 1939.

“In one transaction CRLC is taking a giant step in protecting the natural and historic land and water resources of our region,” said Parker C. Agelasto, executive director of Capital Region Land Conservancy. > Read more.

McClellan declared Democratic nominee for Va. Ninth District Senate seat


Jennifer McClellan has been declared the Democratic Party's candidate for Virginia's Ninth District state Senate seat by the Legislative Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party. The party canceled a planned caucus Dec. 3 because McClellan was the only candidate who filed for the nomination.

A special election for the seat, vacated by Donald McEachin after his election to Congress Nov. 8, will be held Jan. 10. > Read more.

McEachin selected to Congressional leadership positions


Virginia Fourth District Congressman-Elect Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) was elected a co-president of his freshman class in Congress earlier this week. He shares the presidency with Congresswoman-Elect Nanette Barragan (CA-4) and Congresswoman-Elect Val Demings (FL-10).

Thursday, McEachin was selected as a regional whip for the Democratic Caucus. > Read more.

Radio host honors Henrico-based FBI agents


Special agents and intelligence analysts serving with the Federal Bureau of Investigations' Joint Terrorism Task Force were honored by WRVA’s Jeff Katz (above, left) during a recent Blue Friday broadcast. Katz's Blue Friday shows highlight the actions of local law enforcement professionals who have gone above and beyond in their service.

The FBI personnel selected were integral in thwarting an ongoing white supremacist plot orchestrated by convicted felons who were planning to bomb local synagogues and black churches. The three men had indicated that they wanted to commit acts of murder and mayhem that were “bigger than Charleston.” > Read more.

Two Henrico women honored by Virginia Jaycees

Two Henrico women are among the four Virginians honored recently by the Virginia Jaycees.

The organization selected Unity Bowling as its "Outstanding Future Leader" and Amanda Hall as one of three "Outstanding Young Virginians." The awards honor Virginians who make a positive impact in their communities.

“This year we honored four outstanding young leaders from around the Commonwealth who strive to change the world around them by creating positive and sustainable change in our communities," Virginia Jaycees President Diego Soto said. > Read more.

Henrico to receive third round of pre-K funding


Henrico County and 10 other Virginia localities will receive a third round of funding through the federal Preschool Expansion Grant, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday. In total, Virginia will receive $17.5 million through the grant, which will allow the 11 localities to continue to serve at-risk four-year-olds in pre-kindergarten programs.

A total of more than $247.4 million was awarded to 18 states across the country in this third round of Preschool Expansion Grant awards. Virginia has received $17.5 million annually since 2014, following a rigorous application process. > Read more.

Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate has announced that its Innsbrook sales office will support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in its Toys for Tots campaign this year. The office launched its toy drive for Toys for Tots earlier this month and will collect toys through December 9. Toys may be dropped off at the Innsbrook sales office, located at 11225 Nuckols Road in Glen Allen, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year marks the company’s 26th year participating in the holiday collection campaign. > Read more.

Virginia woman caught with loaded gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A New Kent County woman was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport (RIC) checkpoint Nov. 30 when TSA officers detected a .380 caliber handgun among her carry-on items. The handgun was loaded with three bullets, including one in the chamber.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and issued a summons to the woman, a resident of Quinton. > Read more.

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Local filmmaker traces family’s journey from Cambodia – and back

As a freelance videographer and editor for the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Lindsay Stone has tackled a variety of challenging projects.

Among her more notable productions is a 2010 documentary, filmed during travels in Germany with Holocaust survivor Alexander Lebenstein and depicting his childhood experiences through the horrors of Kristallnacht, deportation, and imprisonment.

At the conclusion of the video, Stone documented efforts of his hometown community to connect with Lebenstein, and the residents' renaming of the town school The Alexander Lebenstein School Against Racism. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host job fair Dec. 6


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico Workforce Resource Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road. The school division is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, along with substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will attend the event to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers. > Read more.

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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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